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Consultant: Expert on Demand - review of vulnerable group policies, legislation and government strategies in Kosovo
|Location :||Home-based with one mission to Prishtina, Kosovo, TURKEY|
|Application Deadline :||03-Oct-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||estimated October - November 2014|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||estimated 10 working days (incl. 3-day mission)|
Kosovo Government institutions did not show commitment to the implementation of strategies and legislation targeted to the vulnerable groups. Even though the existing legislation and mid-term strategies are in place, they failed to implement or functionalize them. Beside this fact, municipalities did not draw a financial budget regarding this important issue. As a result, vulnerable groups in Kosovo are left behind by central government and local institutions. Government approved this implementation of strategies and ignored it by making it non-functional. Roma, Ashkanli and Egyptian (RAE) communities, people with disabilities, extremely poor and social assistance groups as well as many other vulnerable groups are facing huge problems with this strategic implementation, even though the law is approved. Discrimination toward these groups should be changed into equal access for everyone and everywhere. Enormous percentage of un-educated, discriminated, social assistance people should be minimized by social inclusion.
Duties and Responsibilities
Reviews and evaluate the policies, legislation and government strategies targeted to the vulnerable groups in Kosovo. In addition, produce concrete recommendations and guidelines on; how identified gaps and problems of the implementation of existing legislation and strategies, could be addressed and solved through a detailed project document.
The Expert on Demand will be expected to organize and facilitate meetings which should target Kosovo Government and its ministries, the NGO community, International Organizations working in Kosovo as well as other clients or potential implementers of these policies.
He/she will be expected to write a report regarding the meetings held and overall feedback regarding the impact, importance, usefulness, and demand for the vulnerable group strategies and legislation.
Issues to be studied
The expert needs to make set of recommendations on how impact can be enhanced in future, including:
UNDP will provide electronically the Expert on Demand with a maximum number of relevant documents. The expert will study the documents as a preparation for this assignment.
Site visit will be organized with interviews (individual and group) to develop further intelligence on operations, management, decision-making and implementation arrangements in order to identify relevance of the topic. Field visits will additionally include interviews with Kosovo Government officials, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, different municipalities, vulnerable groups and both NGOs that deals with monitoring of legislation as well as other donor agencies involved in relevant area of work.
Based on desk review and field visit the Expert on Demand will produce a meaningful and comprehensive report to the Policy, Research, Gender and Communication Unit.
Scope of Work
In the course of achieving this objective and delivering this output, the Expert on Demand will undertake:
Desk Phase (October 2014)
2 Field visits (October 2014)
First Draft report (November 2014)
Final report (November 2014)
The report will be no more than 30 pages in length. Annexes may be added.
Management of the Assignment
The overall responsibility for managing the Expert on Demand will be with the UNDP/Policy, Research, Gender and Communication Unit (PRGC). PRGC will provide support to the evaluator, such as providing the contacts of the key partners and will work closely with the Expert on Demand to provide required information.
Evaluation: transparency and learning
Bearing in mind sensitivities, it is important that the Expert on Demand consider the review/evaluation as a learning and capacity building exercise in itself. They will provide feedback to all those who will contribute to the evaluation (UNDP, other stakeholders, Government/Ministries/Municipalities, etc). This may not necessarily entail detailed information meetings but sufficient for stakeholders to know that the project is for information sharing and local learning, not simply a bureaucratic/technical exercise associated with donor supported initiatives.
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 points:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 15 points
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.